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Blinken condemns steps taken by Russia and North Korea to deepen military cooperation

Blinken condemns steps taken by Russia and North Korea to deepen military

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has condemned deepening military cooperation between North Korea and Russia, including arms transfers, in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, the State Department said on Friday.

During a conversation with South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul, the top US diplomat also reiterated the vital importance of the "ironclad" alliance between the US and South Korea for "promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world". , State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.

Blinken thanked the South Korean minister for his country's continued support for Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a defense agreement this week during the Russian leader's visit to Pyongyang.

It is unclear what kind of aid deal has been reached. However, it has been described as "comprehensive strategic cooperation".

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Kim said that the agreement "is the most powerful treaty" signed "ever" between the two states, which brings relations to the level of the alliance, which will also enable cooperation in many fields, including political, economic, cultural and military.

Putin said security and international issues were the focus of the meeting with Kim, Russian state media reported.

US and South Korean officials have accused the North of providing Russia with artillery, missiles and other military equipment for Moscow to use in Ukraine, in exchange for providing military technology.

Both Penian and Moscow have denied the allegations. Such arms transfers would constitute a violation of UN Security Council sanctions, which Russia has previously supported./ REL

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